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16 Summer Nights in Japan

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We are visiting Japan this summer during the first two weeks of August. We will be meeting our son who is finishing his year of study in Japan. This is probably our only opportunity to visit this incredible country. We will be there for 16 nights flying in and out of Osaka from New York.

We don’t have to see everything and would rather spend quality time in a few spots, than running ourselves ragged. We are most interested in the ancient traditions, architecture, gardens and temples. We are equally interested in natural beauty, hiking, bicycling, mountain climbing and communing with nature. Our stay should include several nights in Ryokan and an experience or two at a pristine Onsen resort.

Some sites we are seriously considering are Koya-san/Okunoin, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima and the Inland Sea. Again, the emphasis is not to run ourselves ragged. We are content spending a day taking a bike ride along a pretty path, or a long stroll along interesting ancient streets, seeing one temple rather than three, reading our books in a garden, having a long relaxing meal.

We are open to any suggestions. Obviously missing from the list above is Tokyo. Your thoughts on this are welcome. But most importantly, we are very flexible, and would like to hear whatever suggestions you may have, not only limited to itinerary and how many days and nights we should be staying in each location, but which hotels, inns, and ryokan we should stay in. Thank you all in advance.

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